The report on the Urewera raids from the Independent Police Complaints Authority is (unlike some other reports we could mention) certainly no whitewash:
Report into Operation Eight finds Police acted unlawfully
Press Release: Independent Police Conduct Authority
An Independent Police Conduct Authority report has found that Police acted unlawfully in establishing road blocks and detaining and searching people during ‘Operation Eight’. …
Independent Police Conduct Authority Chair Judge Sir David Carruthers said today that the decision by the then Commissioner of Police to undertake the operation in Ruatoki Valley and elsewhere on 15 October 2007 was reasonable and justified.
“However, the road blocks established by Police at Ruatoki and Taneatua were unlawful, unjustified and unreasonable. While Police were warranted in taking steps to address possible risk to public safety there was no justification for believing there was a general threat to the people of Ruatoki.
“Police had no legal basis for stopping and searching vehicles or photographing drivers or passengers,” he said. …
The report also showed that the detention of the occupants at five properties examined by the Authority was unlawful and unreasonable. …
A full copy of the Independent Police Conduct Authority’s report into Operation Eight is attached and will also be available on our website at midday – www.ipca.govt.nz
Full report: IPCA_Operation_Eight_Report.pdf
See also the response from the police.